Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

57

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99×56×20 mm vs 104×56×25 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$240.42 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-FX700f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FX7899×56×20 mm
              DMC-FX700104×56×25 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              DMC-FX783.5"
              DMC-FX7003"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-FX780.8"
              DMC-FX7001"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $302

              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $252

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $210

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung PL200

              Samsung PL200

              Compact

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $184

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Placeholder

              Toshiba PDR-M21

              Digicam

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX65

              Ultra compact

              Size Slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

              Compact

              $297

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

              Panasonic Lumix TS4

              Waterproof

              $350

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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